Superexploder Crushes The Bass To Animate The Emergence Of Heavy Metal With Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi For VH1 Classic


Last Updated: March 18, 2015 10:00 pm GMT
(New York, New York--March 18, 2015) New York-based audio house SuperExploder’s sound designer/mixer Jody Nazzaro teams up with VH1's Creative Department to visualize the birth of heavy metal in the animated short “Fingers Bloody Fingers.” Nazzaro crafted the sound design and mix for VH1 Classic's interview with Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, which was illustrated by Paul Blow and animated by Kee Koo.

In the short, Iommi’s description of losing his fingers to a devastating machinery accident and his subsequent innovation and resourcefulness to continue to play the guitar is brought to life in comic-style animations. The graphic animations employ a simple color scheme infused with red to envision how Iommi’s unique sound ignited the heavy metal genre as we know it today.

Click HERE to watch “Fingers Bloody Fingers.”

Notes Jim Fitzgerald, VH1 VP/Brand Creative, “The VH1 creative team is very happy with the collaborative spirit that SuperExploder brought to the table for ‘The Complete History of Heavy Metal Vol. 1 Fingers Bloody Fingers.’ It really adds a new dimension to the narrative by bringing character, mood and tone and a touch of humor to the animation through expert sound design. The SuperExploder team is a pleasure to work with and clearly understands the benefits of collaboration and flow. This is a new creative relationship that we are all happy to have made.”

Nazzaro’s previous work for SuperExploder includes sound design for brands such as BMW, Comedy Central, Foot Locker, Pepsi and ESPN.


“Fingers Bloody Fingers”

Client: VH1

VP/Brand Creative: Jim Fitzgerald

Sr. Designer/Brand Creative: Adam Vohlidka

Executive Producer: Orlando Lima

Supervising Producer: Michael Rubenstein

Producers: Lindsey Riddle, Jeff Baumgardner

Story Production: Ben Smith

Script: Scott Padden

Animation: VH1

Illustrator: Paul Blow

Animator: Kee Koo

Typography: Lindsey Jellig, Ella Kim

Music: Ben Smith

Audio House: SuperExploder, NY

Sr. Sound Designer/Mixer: Jody Nazzaro

About SuperExploder

SuperExploder is the preeminent destination for all things audio. We’re a boutique facility located in Chelsea, NYC, offering comprehensive sound services—mixing in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound, sound design, music composition, creative services and casting—for commercials, promos, radio, feature films, web content and experiential projects. We’re home to industry leading mixers Jody Nazzaro and Ted Gannon. And we represent the talents of Brady Hearn, David Brent, Michael Carey, Peter Fish and Ted Gannon for original music compositions. All under the direction of Sr. Producer Meredith Nazzaro.

We feature five mix studios, including two 5.1 Surround Sound studios, one designed by John Storyk and one by Brian Dorfman of Orchard Design. Our work includes commercial projects for Saatchi & Saatchi, Publicis, Hachette Book Group and Euro along with original compositions for Head & Shoulders, Lysol, Cheerios, Nick, TruTV, LUVS and Charter Cable. Broadcast work features USA, CBS, Spike TV, Comedy Central, Logo, VH1, Nick, History, TruTV, A&E and ESPN.


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